Jennifer Raskas is the Director, Washington, DC at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she oversees all programs, management and partnerships in the Greater Washington area. Through this work, she leads the institute’s efforts to provide Washington-based Jewish leaders with thought leadership rooted in Jewish sources that will help them tackle the biggest challenges facing the Jewish Community.
Jennifer is a graduate of Columbia University, Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in psychology and a concentration in political science. She received a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she studied democracy, leadership, management, and Middle East studies. She is also a trained facilitator for Resetting the Table, an organization that builds meaningful dialogue and deliberation across divides.
Jennifer has focused her career on strengthening Jewish leaders, enriching Jewish learning, and deepening diverse and compelling relationships between American Jews and Israel, most recently at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, where she served as the Director of the Israel Action Center.
Jennifer has extensive experience in formal and informal Jewish education. She teaches classes widely on Hebrew literary approaches to readings in Tanakh and is a trained educator for the Matan Institute of Torah Studies program – Jewish Women Through the Ages. Her writings have appeared in academic journals and in online Jewish learning forums.